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In The Cannoneers: GI Life In A World War II Cannon Company, General Smith has written a personal memoir and history of what he has called the "trials, tribulations, and amusing anecdotes of the Cannon Company, 103rd Infantry", that are "typical of the American soldier. " Smith describes one small unit of the U. S. Army -- men who trained together, then fought together as a combat unit of the 43rd Infantry Division (originally a National Guard division from the New england states of Maine, Connecticut, Vermont, and Rhode Island). For most of World War II, General Smith was the Cannon Company's Commander. The Cannon Company was to provide weapons support heavier than the mortars and other weapons of the old military structure. The cannon companies of World War II were the only time in U. S. military history that artillery weapons were directly commanded and integrated into the infantry organization at the regimental level. After more than 50 years, the men of this special organization are still a unit, maintaining regular contact and assembling at an annual reunion in Florida. The Cannoneers is a "window" to a time of military innovation and turmoil, sacrifice and heroism, and ordinary men in an extraordinary time. -- Midwest Book Review
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Book Description Sunflower Univ Pr, 1993. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0897451643